Braves right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. exited Sunday night’s game against the Cubs with lower abdominal muscle soreness after sliding headfirst across home plate in the fourth inning.
Acuña remained on the ground momentarily and then grabbed near his abdominal region as he walked back to the dugout. The 23-year-old had also pointed to his stomach after diving back to first base after a couple of pickoff attempts following his walk earlier in the inning.
After Freddie Freeman drew a walk, Braves manager Brian Snitker and trainer Mike Frostad checked on Acuña, who was convincing enough to remain in the game as the runner on second base.
He scored on a Travis d’Arnaud sac fly, then was removed on defense to start the bottom of the inning.
Acuña is hitting .419 with seven homers and a 1.373 OPS.